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HTC Desire S Launches On Three UK

Three UK has finally announced the launch of the HTC Desire S smartphone on its network for as little as £35 per month on its "One Plan" offer.

The phone will come with 200 minutes, 5000 texts, unlimited skype-to-skype calls and truly unlimited, internet with included tethering for £35 per month on a two year contract.

The Desire S - which was announced at the Mobile World Congress - will also be available on PAYG for £360. As the heir to the HTC Desire, it does have a lot in common with its predecessor.

That includes a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Bluetooth, 512MB RAM and the same five-megapixel camera with LED.

As for the improvements, there's Android 2.3, 4GB internal storage supplemented by a microSD card reader, support for Near Field Communication like the Nexus S and a slightly thinner chassis.

We criticised HTC previously for not adding enough to the HTC Desire when upgrading to the HTC Desire S as the former (as well as the very capable Samsung Galaxy S) can be had on extremely cheap mobile contracts (under £20) and on very affordable PAYG packages.

Three will also sell the HTC Wildfire S and the HTC ChaCha, two other handsets that will complement its existing HTC Range.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.